2.28.2017

RunDisney 207 Star Wars Light Side 10K


I'm back with another RunDisney recap!

On Saturday I woke up again at 3am to get ready for the 10k. Jaime was joining me this run. This time I went as Rey from Star Wars The Force Awakens since the medal for the 10K was BB-8. We got ready and made our way over to the corrals.

We were second to last of the groups because I completely forgot to submit our proof of times to get into an earlier group. Oh well. So we stood around in the cold, listening to the pre show since we were too far away to actually watch it and kept ourselves entertain.

Finally at 5:30am they started rolling the groups and I got excited!! It was almost our turn. Light Side was my second 10K ever. My first one was the Doctor Strange 10K last year.

And finally we were off and away.


The 5K is entirely in both parks with a bit of Downtown Disney. The 10K adds some backstage and a bit more of Downtown Disney in the route. I love running backstage and getting to see all the cool things.

Because this was theme to TFA, they had characters from that film out. Again, since we were in the back by the time we got to the first character stop, it was long. Also the 10K is timed and we need to maintain a 16 min per mile or we get picked up. So I did what I did during the 5K, drive by selfie's. Also since I had Jaime with me, we managed to take more shots of the park. Folks also helped us get a few pictures so we could have a couple together.


The characters for the 10k were C-3PO and R2-D2, BB-8, Kylo Ren, and Chewbacca. First Order Stormtroopers and Captain Phasma were around but they had official spot to take a photo with them. I again started a road block to get a selfie with Captain Phasma. I was sad about not getting photos with ANY of the droids. Again, the line was 50 min+ wait. Kylo and Chewie I was going to skip either way since I have a ton of photos with Kylo and Chewie is still a character meet and greet in the parks.


The 10K was a great time and of course was even more fun running with Jaime. The 10k did get a bit bottled up in some parts and even though we both do the running/walking, we were forced to walk for a good chunk backstage before entering Tomrrowland.


After we finished and got our medals, we headed back to the hotel to get ourselves cleaned up and back in the park for the day!

On Sunday I woke up early again to participate in my first ever half marathon. That was interesting to say the least.


Post on that coming soon!

2.23.2017

RunDisney 2017 Star Wars Light Side 5K!


Back in January, I went to Disneyland to participate in the RunDisney Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon weekend. This year was my second time running the Light Side but it was my third RunDisney event. You can read about my Star Wars 5K here and my Doctor Strange 10K here.

I had originally only signed up for the Star Wars Light Side 10K because at the time the 5K runners were not given metal medals. They changed that at the end of last year. I was still okay with the 10K until I saw all the medals for the weekend.

I ended up signing up for the 5k and the half marathon as well.

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Friday morning I woke up at 3am to get myself ready and head over to the event / starting area. Working the early hours over at my part time job made the 3am wake up call easier. I was running the 5K by myself since I was only able to get one entry ticket and Jaime was barely sure he could run the 10k. Instead of getting there at 4am like they ask you too, I took my time and got some food. By the time I made my way over, they had open up the corrals and I got into my spot.


I was in the last group because I registered two weeks before the event so even though I have a good pace per mile for 5k runs, I was in the back. Last year I was in the first group and I was able to stop and get pictures with everyone I wanted. Since I was in the last group, that didn't go so well. All the character lines were long. C-3PO and R2-D2 who are never out at Disneyland had over an hour wait in line. I made the tough choice to do drive-by selfies.



As long as you weren't blocking folks - both runners and those waiting, they were pretty chill with folks walking up and getting selfie photos.

There were Stormtroopers and Boba Fett was out but they weren't actual lines for them. Boba Fett is in Star Wars Launch Bay at the park so I was okay with that. He comes out at random times so you just gotta get lucky.

I did get a photo with a horse on the course. A Force horse LOLOL


Even though this time I had to do drive-by selfies, I had such a blast like always. The Cast Members out cheering you on, the Star Wars music playing as you run, the photo ops of the park in general when it's not open just yet, it's always a great time.

The RunDisney events are expensive and as I mentioned I did three this time around but so worth it being both a Disney fan and a Star Wars fan.


And because I have been running and training, the 5K was a totally breeze for me. After I finished, I went back to the hotel to get ready and spend the day at the park!!

Saturday morning was the 10K and that post is coming soon!


Also, I attempted to Vlog the 5K!! I wanted to do the same for the 10K and half but I realized that it would be the same & after mile 6 of the half, you'd just see nothing-ness as I ran through the streets of Anaheim.

Enjoy!

2.09.2017

Geek Girl Brunch SF/Bay Area : Sherlock!



I started off 2017 with a Geek Girl Brunch get together! I'm still going strong as one of the officers for SF/Bay Area. I still have no idea what I'm doing but me along with the two other awesome officers are having fun figuring it out.

We decided for 2017 to up our brunches to once a month from last year's bi-monthly meet ups. Here's hoping with this change we'll get more of a turn out! So with that note, January's 2017 theme was

SHERLOCK.


Sherlock premiered back on the 1st of the month so we decided to keep rolling with it and make it our theme. Kristy found a pub that was accessible by public transportion and had parking. Finding restaurants that are near public trans is important to us because we are taking on the Bay Area and some folks don't drive like me.


The pub was called Kensington Circus Pub out in Kensington, CA which I didn't know existed. Another awesome plus about Geek Girl Brunch, finding all these little towns all around the Bay Area.


We all had some fun activities planned and Sarah, our other fellow officer picked up some cute Sherlock stickers for the girls. I printed out a fun search and find activity (by Christina Wald) that I found online and gave everyone a tea bag of Christmas tea. Kristy brought some trivia for us to play and we hand prizes.
One of the games was match the actors to their characters in the BBC series and I failed. I failed badly. I missed all the ladies.

The food, the food was delicious. I ended going with pancakes stuffed with bacon. BACON. I can't say no to bacon. I also ordered a hot buttered rum as my drink of choice and boy was I warm and fuzzy by the end of it.


The Geek Girl Brunch Sherlock was a great start to what I'm hoping will be a great 2017 for the SF / Bay Area chapter. Our next brunch is at the Alamo Drafthouse in SF. This is will be a new process for us! The LEGO Batman movie comes out on the 12th so we are hoping to pull off this event and maybe have more movie / brunch events in the future too.

If you want to know more about Geek Girl Brunch and see if your city has a chapter, check out the website here. If you don't see your city listed maybe think about becoming an officer and start your chapter!

2.07.2017

Unearthed from my closet: Do or Do Not. There is No Try


Two years ago I signed up for my very first 5 K. In 2016, I ran it. Towards the end of the 2016, I ran my first 10K.

This year, I jumped all in and signed up for not only the 5K and the 10K but also the half marathon. My first 13.1 miles. I'm going to be taking about all three runs in their own posts but I'm here to show off my running outfits!

That's the beauty of these RunDisney events, the costumes! They use to be a bit more relax with their costume rules so I would see photos of people running as Tie Fighters and such. Last year, they got a bit more strict so folks did have to tone it down but that still doesn't stop them from dressing up!

Since I was running all three, I put together my own Star Wars running theme outfits!

5K - R2-D2
Skirt: Amazon
Running capris: Betsey Johnson

I went with my favorite droid ever, R2-D2! The tank was from Mighty Fine but a word of caution, this is awkward sizing. I ordered a L and it was really tight on me. I bought the blue sparkly skirt at Amazon (any excuse to wear a sparkle skirt!) and just basic black running capris. Such a simple and easy running outfit and it was great to run in!

10K- Rey

Galactic Scavenger Vest: Elhoffer Designs 
White Moisture shirt: Amazon
Gray running pants: Her Universe for Kohl's (NA)

For the 10K, I went as Rey since the medal was BB-8! For this outfit I bought a moisture wicking shirt because I was running a longer and timed race. That and I didn't want to sweat into my vest. Another comfortable running outfit! The run started at 5:30am and this vest kept me really warm!

Half - Leia

White Moisture shirt: Amazon
White tulle skirt: Target
(Gray) Running pants: Her Universe for Kohl's (NA)

The medal for the half was Leia and Han on one side and the other side was the Yavin medal. I went with an all white outfit in honor of her Senate one or heck, her Yavin ceremony one. I couldn't find my running shorts the last minute so I wore the pants under my skirt. It's one thing to run in those really short sparkle skirts, it's another in a full tulle one. I did it though and folks knew who I was channeling! A little girl on the sidelines cheering the runners started yelling "Go Leia!" 

I'm glad I was able to put together outfits out of store bought and RUNNING items! They were also great choices to run in. Getting the chance to play dress up as my favorite characters in any form is the best and I will take every opportunity! I don't know how folks with cardboard pieces did it in the past but more power to them. 

I was hoping to make a trip out to WDW for their Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon weekend but it's not looking good. There's always next year.

Now to come up with running outfits for the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend later this year!



2.02.2017

Small Goals {February 2017}


Oh January. You started off amazing and ended in WTF mode. I'm trying to make it good for myself so I don't official breakdown but I'm still heart broken over the events of the last two weeks.

On that note, lets see what I did or did not do for the first month of the year!

January Goals:

 Read one book - I read half a book. I actually picked up my very first Star Wars Legends book and got half way through it. And then it became February. 

 Change my blog layout - I tried but I screwed up the coding somewhere which I don't understand how since the layout was bought premade. I will figure it out.


 Come up with my one word - I did!! I wrote a bit about in this blog post but my one word is FEARLESS!


 List Five items on Mercari - I listed so much more than five! I did it the second to last weekend of January and I sold off 4 things already. Very excited for the money and more things being gone!


I'm very proud of FINALLY getting more items listed on Mercari. I've been selling things all week and even though I priced them a bit low, they are moving. I need these things to move. I need space lol. 

And with that, here are my February 2017 goals!

February Goals:


 Clean out my closet - I know I'm posting on Mercari but those are items from six months ago that I cleaned out. I need to do another clean out. I actually semi started with those strapy tanks from Forever 21 that are 2 bucks each but stretch out so bad. Those are getting tossed but yea, time to clean!

 Post a YouTube video - I filmed during my Star Wars 5K run and I want to edit it together and post it on YouTube.  


 Finalize the Japan tripI head out next month to Japan but there is so much that needs to be finalize, mainly the Tokyo portion of the trip and Disneyland. You can't take me to Japan and tell me I'm not getting to visit Disney. 


I'm going with three this month which is perfectly fine. The cleaning of the closet is a huge task that I need to take on and I only have so many hours after work to take on the task. And posting a YouTube video works with my word of the year - FEARLESS

Did you come up with your February goals? How did January rock for you? 

Have a great day!
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